Sunday, 22 March 2009

In memory of Liz Ayers

Liz Ayers died on Thursday, March 12th, 2009. She will be buried on Monday, March 23rd.

Liz was a wonderful person: kind, loving, firm, gentle (usually), funny and passionate about justice.
She had the gift of saying the right thing in the right way at the right time. She had a heart as big as the world. She just understood.
I was lucky enough to moderate some OUSA conferences with Liz. I learnt so much from her and will always be grateful for her wise and sensible advice when things became fraught.

My heart goes out to those who are grieving, especially her immediate family. The world is a poorer place for her leaving.

And yet, because of her influence, because of her impact, because of her personality, because of who and what she was, she lives in our memories. She won't just be a star in the sky, she will be here, everytime we do or think or say something that we might not otherwise have done, thought or said , had we not met her and known her.

RIP, Liz. Thank you for everything.

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